Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Shenanigans - Favorite Movies To Watch During The Holidays

Today we are chatting about our favorite movies to watch during the holidays! There's nothing I (Jamie) love more than staying in on a cold December night with our tree all lit up, some cocoa in my hand and a Christmas movie!

Tahleen's Picks:

 

I've got to watch A Christmas Story every year, even if it isn't until the 24-hour marathon on TV. But seriously, I could watch this any time of the year.

I'm also a big fan of Elf, which is an annual must-watch, and all those Rankin-Bass claymation masterpieces. Oh, and White Christmas.

Lori's Picks:

 

There are SO many great movies this time of year!  I have to watch the old versions of Rudolph, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Frosty the Snowman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Charlie Brown Christmas.  I always try (and usually succeed) to watch The Muppets Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life.  A recent favorite is The Bishop's Wife.  My mom and I also love watching the first Harry Potter movie (and sometimes wind up watching more than the first one...)

Jamie's Picks:



I watch A LOT of Christmas-y movies during the holidays but my 4 favorites that get watched EVERY YEAR are Love Actually, Elf, Home Alone and How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Watching How The Grinch Stole Christmas is even more important to me now because I used to watch it with my mom every year before she passed away in 2006.

Julia's Picks:

 

Usually what I try to do is just catch the specials as they air on TV, but the movies I go out of my way to watch yearly are The Muppet Christmas Carol and Love Actually. I've already watched Love Actually this year! But apparently I am also behind the times and there are a few Christmas Movie Classics that I have yet to see, Christmas Vacation being the main one and I guess Elf being the other. So this year those two are on my watch list. I also try to catch A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve when it is on marathon, It's a Wonderful Life, White Christmas (which I saw this year in the theater!), and any of the awesome animated movies!


Jana's Picks:




I always watch The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. It's definitely one of my favorites, because it has Henry Winkler in it! I love The Fonz, not gonna lie. I also love The Santa Claus, The Holiday, and I just watched A Princess for Christmas last night and really loved it! Can you believe I have never seen Love Actually, White Christmas, or It's a Wonderful Life? Seeing as how I am a Christmas movie connoisseur, that should change this year.
 

What about you guys? Are any of your favorites on our list? What movies are on your list of movies you love during the holiday season? We want some recs!

22 comments :

  1. Love Actually, Home Alone, and Elf are some of my favourites. :) And Four Christmases! I didn't even think of Harry Potter ... might have to put that one on soon.

    Great picks, ladies!

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  2. My family watches National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story every year.

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  3. Ah, I love Christmas movies! The Family Stone is one I watch every year, but I also really, really love Love Actually, Home Alone and the Holiday. Oh, and Harry Potter movies are standard Christmas movies for me. :)

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    1. Yes Judith !! I love the family stone!!

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  4. I can't believe no one mentioned the BEST Christmas movie ever! One Magic Christmas. By far my favorite holiday movie. I watch it while I'm wrapping presents. :-)

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    1. I've never heard of One Magic Christmas. I'll have to look it up and give it a watch this year!

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  5. Elf is definitely a great one but my ultimate Christmas movie is always the Patrick Stewart version of A Christmas Carol! Love it and it's not Christmas unless I watch it!

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  6. My friend just recently told me of a film her family watched every year called "Christmas in Wales." Just from the title, I think it'll be worth watching.

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  7. I always have to watch... "The National Tree", The Santa Clause movies, and "The Polar Express"!

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  8. A Christmas Story, The Family Stone, Home Alone 2, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone are must-watches for me!

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  9. Elf and Muppet Christmas Carol(while decorating), The Holiday or While You Were Sleeping (for any other reason, but especially during cookie baking).
    I know what I'm this week/end!

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  10. When I was a kid I knew it was almost Christmas when that Santa Claus movie - the one with Dudley Moore as Patch - came on TV. It made me feel all Christmassy and festive and also like I wanted to remember all the kids who didn't have as much as I did, which is a good message when you're young... Unfortunately it's always on when I'm still at work on the run-up to Christmas now I'm older! These days Elf is my absolute number one must-watch movie. I can't feel truly festive until I've welled up while quietly singing along to 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' while that sleigh struggles to take off in the park... *gets all sappy and wanders off to console herself with a mince pie*

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  11. I love the Bass & Rankin movies so much; I watch them every year. I am also a big fan of A Christmas Story.

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  12. My must-see Christmas movies are A Child's Christmas in Wales (a wonderful film starring Denholm Eliot and based on the work by Dylan Thomas), the George C. Scott version of A Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I also really enjoy The Polar Express and the Patrick Stewart version of A Christmas Carol. And there's a marvelous version of The Tailor of Gloucester starring Ian Holm (you may know him as Bilbo in The Lord of the Rings), but alas, it's not on DVD, so I can only watch it until either my VHS tape or my VCR finally bites the dust. (I hope that is not soon.)

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  13. A Year Without Santa Claus. I love that cartoon. Polar Express, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Princess For Christmas and last but not least Santa Claus with Tim Allan.

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  14. It used to be The Sound of Music but now I alway re-watch Love Actually at Christmas and I never tire of Miracle on 34th Street - the one with Natalie Wood. Makes me tear up every. single. time. The cartoon version of the Grinch is must see tv, too.

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  15. Home Alone and It's a Wonderful life are my favorites. There are a number of animated Christmas movies that I enjoy too like Anabelle's Wish and A Charlie Brown Christmas. This year I need to watch some of the great classics I've missed like Elf and Love Actually.

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  16. My father wanted to make a tradition out of Its a Wonderful Life, so he bought it one Christmas, and it worked for a few years, but then we redid our house, and everything went in boxes. Even though this was more than five years ago, we still can't find that darnded DVD - so that tradition sort of fizzled out. It's made a new one though - every year around Christmas, we troop down into the basement to search for the long lost DVD (and sometimes we brave the cold and try the garage too). We haven't found it yet. Maybe this year?

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  17. Every Christmas Eve I watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the original cartoon) followed up by a showing of Bad Santa.

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  18. My family have a list that we start to watch from the moment we wake up and breaking for the Queen's speach and other crap tv! So The Snowman, Father Christmas, The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe, Chitty Bang Bang, Miracle on 34th Street. My personal favourites are Bad Santa, Elf, Love Actually and The Holiday!

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  19. The Ref, Scrooged, Elf, The Santa Clause, Christmas Vacation, usually It's A Wonderful Life and Love Actually :) We have gotten a few in so far, I think I want to mix in Charlie Brown Christmas this year along with Rudolph, I love the elf who wants to be a dentist :)

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